Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: PATRIA O MUERTE: CUBA, FATHERLAND OR DEATH and MARIELA CASTRO’S MARCH: CUBA’S LGBT REVOLUTION

HBO Documentary Films: PATRIA O MUERTE: CUBA, FATHERLAND OR DEATH and MARIELA CASTRO’S MARCH: CUBA’S LGBT REVOLUTION

Overview: From first-time director Olatz López Garmendia, and executive produced by Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) PATRIA O MUERTE: CUBA, FATHERLAND OR DEATH is a visceral look at the current state of Cuba through the eyes of its artists, activists, bloggers, writers, musicians and everyday people, who live amidst political unrest and economic inequality. Utilizing vibrant images and percussive music, the film includes illuminating interviews with a myriad of individuals, including: a prize-winning author who could not be published in Cuba until recently; an artist and political activist who was...

HBO Documentary Films: MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING

HBO Documentary Films: MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING

Overview: MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING recounts the dramatic story of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks (April 5, 2013) through the emotional experiences of individuals whose lives were forever changed by them. Ranging from the events of the day to the death-penalty sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the documentary features surveillance footage, news clips, home movies and exclusive interviews with survivors and their families, as well as first responders, investigators, government officials and reporters from the Boston Globe, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage. In the wake of a heinous act of terrorism, newlywed couple,...

HBO Documentary Films: UNDERFIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PFC. TONY VACCARO

HBO Documentary Films: UNDERFIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PFC. TONY VACCARO

Overview: In World War II, Tony Vaccaro played two risky roles, serving as a combat infantryman on the front lines, as well as a photographer who shot 8,000 photographs. Though he began as a young GI eager to record the war, he vowed never to take another war photo on the day the conflict ended, horrified by what he had seen. Directed by Max Lewkowicz (the New York Emmy-winning Morgenthau), this documentary chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone. Through interviews...

HBO Documentary Films: CLASS DIVIDE

HBO Documentary Films: CLASS DIVIDE

Overview: The thought-provoking documentary Class Divide is a timely look at the widening divide between the “haves” and “have nots.” Young people on both sides of the gap offer unique and honest insights that challenge common perceptions about inequality today. In the final part of their trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people, director Marc Levin and producer Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags and Hard Times: Lost on Long Island) explore the effects of hyper-gentrification and rising economic disparity in one New York City neighborhood, which can be seen as a microcosm of the socioeconomic...

HBO Documentary Films: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

HBO Documentary Films: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

Overview: On Jan. 7, 2015, two brothers belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a French police officer. Amidst a massive manhunt for the killers, an additional five people were murdered and 11 wounded in related attacks over the next two days, including a harrowing standoff between police and a third gunman, claiming allegiance to ISIS, at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes in Paris. Drawing on exclusive access to hostages, survivors, police, paramilitary forces and intelligence findings and evidence, as well as...

HBO Documentary Films Lineup for the Remainder of 2016

HBO Documentary Films Lineup for the Remainder of 2016

HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2016. As of this posting we have already reviewed two of them: MEET THE DONORS? DOES MONEY TALK? which debuted 08.01.16 and HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT from 08.08.16. Some of the titles below reflect a jostling in the schedule. Some titles originally slated for the first half of the year have since been held until this latter half. At least we get them all in before the end of year as well as our reviews. Here is a look now of the slated documentaries for the remainder of 2016:   THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS (debuting...

HBO Documentary Films: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

HBO Documentary Films: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

Overview: In 1962, French New Wave auteur François Truffaut, aided by translator Helen Scott, spent a week in Hollywood with his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, discussing the director’s rich and extensive body of work, including Psycho and Vertigo. The resulting 1966 book of interviews, Hitchcock, became a celebrated bible of cinema for generations of filmmakers. Fifty years after its publication, Hitchcock/Truffaut brings this historic summit to life by combining rare original audio recordings and behind-the-scenes photos from the historic exchange. The film offers an eye-opening study of Hitchcock’s enduring genius and legacy, as the two men...

HBO Documentary Films: MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK?

HBO Documentary Films: MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK?

Overview: In MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK? intrepid filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s Emmy-winning JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE) takes viewers behind the scenes at top-dollar fundraisers and chats with dozens of ultra-rich mega-donors from both political parties to find out why they are pouring millions into the election. Armed with her hand-held camera and a sense of humor, Alexandra Pelosi gains exclusive access to the donor class, and offers a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and political. Starting in New York City, arguably home to the most mega-donors and canapé-infused fundraisers, she drops into corner offices and cocktail...

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